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Sade’s Transgender Son Thanks his ‘Mumma’ for her Support During Gender Reassignment

Sade’s son, Izaak Adu, took to Instagram to give an update after his gender reassignment surgery, or phalloplasty surgery.

The 23-year-old was away at a recovering facility recuperating for six months and had the support of his mother along the way.

Adu posted a picture of the soul singer nuzzled into his arm as he gazed with an endearing look. “It’s been a long hard road but We did it!! We are coming home!!!!” the captions reads. “Thank you for staying by my side these past 6 months Mumma. Thank you for fighting with me to complete the man I am. Thank you for your encouragement when things are hard, for the love you give me. The purest heart. I love you so much. Queen of queens ♥ #mumma #lioness #queen #iloveyou.”

Adu came out as transgender in 2016 on National Coming Out day and has been documenting his process on Instagram revealing the ups-and-downs.

In the middle of the Summer, he shared a candid photo of him laying in the hospital bed questioning his decision, and then shared that he’s hopeful for the future.

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This process is trying, tiring, painful, emotionally exhausting, physically exhausting, uncomfortable (like I can’t sleep like a normal human being rn lol) I often ask myself “why the fuck do I have to endure this to be who I am” but at the end of the day this is the path that was laid out for me and I’ll walk it to the end. My dad always says “keep your eyes on the horizon” and that’s what I do, because through all this pain is the comfort that it’s not forever and I have the rest of my life ahead of me and I am so, SO DAMN EXCITED, I just have to remind myself to be patient sometimes as I’m sure we all do. Big up to my Mumma, Pappa, family and friends for all the support you give me on the daily, it’ll never be forgotten ☺ 🤘🏾 #ftm #trans #transgender #transman #tpoc #tmoc #selfmademan #phalloplasty #thisiswhattranslookslike #yaaaaas

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“This process is trying, tiring, painful, emotionally exhausting, physically exhausting, uncomfortable (like I can’t sleep like a normal human being rn lol) I often ask myself “why the f— do I have to endure this to be who I am,” he wrote.

“I am so, SO DAMN EXCITED, I just have to remind myself to be patient sometimes as I’m sure we all do. Big up to my Mumma, Pappa, family and friends for all the support you give me on the daily, it’ll never be forgotten,” the caption continued.

Abu is Sade’s only child. His father is reggae music producer, Bob Morgan.

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Billy Porter Is 1st Openly Gay Black Man To Win Drama Lead Actor Emmy

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Billy Porter inched one step closer to capturing the elusive EGOT quarter of awards, this after making history during last night’s Emmy Awards. The Pose star is the first openly gay Black man to win the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award.

Porter, 50, has emerged as one of the brightest star’s for FX’s hit series, Pose, which boasts the largest ensemble of transgender and LGBTQ and actors across any television show in its category. This follows Porter’s 2013 Tony Award win for the Broadway play Kinky Boots and his 2014 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for Kinky Boots as well.

During his acceptance speech, Porter quoted the late writer James Baldwin who also combated the stigma of being a Black gay creative during a time where criticism of one’s sexual orientation was barely tolerated by many.

“James Baldwin said “Took many years of vomiting up all the filth that I had been taught about myself, and halfway believed, before I could walk around this Earth like I had the right to be here”,” Porter said in his speech. “I have the right, you have the right, we all have the right!”

As it has been noted in times past, Porter was indeed stylish per usual.

Watch the acceptance speech below.

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Gay & Hip-Hop: 5 Emcees That Will Change the Stigma of Homophobia in Rap

We hope the entire LGBTQ community and those that consider themselves allies had an amazing Pride Month for the entire duration of June!

As the Pride festivities comes to a close today, we wanted to identify that longstanding issue between those who proudly identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or any nonconforming sexual identity and the heteronormative and oftentimes hyper-masculine behavior that Hip-Hop has been built on for decades now, while also standing firmly against any kind of hate that may have resulted from that complicated relationship. Thankfully, we are progressing into a more inclusive era of human interaction, and there are many rappers who are helping to lead the way into a brighter future.

Keep scrolling for a look at five rappers who we feel will push the culture of Hip-Hop into a world that embraces the LGBTQ lifestyle:


Kevin Abstract of Brockhampton

As one of the forefront members of the highly popular “boyband” rap collective known as Brockhampton, Kevin Abstract has made it known countless times that he in fact a proud gay Black man. The 22-year-old came out in 2016, and proudly boasts his longtime boyfriend Jaden Walker on social media. Plus, he was one of the stars in Calvin Klein’s recent “I Speak My Truth in #MYCALVINS” campaign. Keep speaking it, fam!


Young M.A

One of the illest MCs to touch a mic in today’s era of rap, male or female alike, Young M.A is truly putting on with an unapologetic take on what it means to be a lesbian in Hip-Hop. The way she handled that unfortunate back-and-forth with Kodak Black earlier this year alone was worthy of respect, and we see her continuing to put on for the “AGs” that can finally see themselves represented in both her lyrics and personality. The story of her sexuality is broken down perfectly during her 2018 interview on Noisey’s The Therapist seen above.


Lil Uzi Vert

You don’t have to “be” gay to show your Pride — that’s essentially what an ally is. Lil Uzi Vert has been doing so since his first run-in with mainstream success just a few years ago, especially with his flamboyantly fly outfit choices and mannerisms. Just a few days ago, he flexed on IG (seen above) rocking Nike’s latest BETRUE. collection for 2019, complete with a rainbow-themed tee and the new Air Max 720. Looking good, fam!


Taylor Bennett

Even with a jaw-dropping girlfriend and beautiful newborn baby boy — what’s good young Charlie! — Taylor Bennett is very vocal about the fact that he is, in fact, bisexual. It’s a topic that plays a lot into his music, visuals for singles and most recent interviews, and he’s proving that sexuality doesn’t always have to fit into the box that society so often likes to put people in. Along with his big bro Chance the Rapper, Taylor Bennett is a much-needed voice in revolutionizing rap for the better.


JAY-Z

Sometimes it starts from the top, and it doesn’t really get much higher than Shawn Carter when it comes to the rap game. As his mother Gloria Carter identifies as a lesbian herself, JAY-Z has one of the most personal connections to the LGBTQ community. However, the power he holds in changing the stigma of homophobia in Hip-Hop lies in the fact that, quite honestly, he used to be one of the main perpetrators of emasculating his foes with “F bombs” and derogatory bars during the earlier part of his career. It’s his strength in seeing those flaws, standing in his mistakes and ultimately being able to rap about them like he did with “Smile” off 4:44 (seen above) that truly makes him the biggest pioneer in bridging that gap between the two warring worlds. We see you, Hov.

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Beyoncé & Jay-Z Accept Vanguard Award At GLAAD Media Awards

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z faced some criticism from the LGBTQ community after it was announced they would both receive the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards. Queen Bey gave an emotional speech devoted to her late uncle, while Hov honored his mother during his moment to speak.

THR reports:

They used only five minutes at the podium, but it paid off in a big way, judging, first, by the standing ovation they received as they made their way to the stage and, later, by the shouts and applause they received during their remarks. Those included honoring their respective gay relatives (Jay-Z’s mother Gloria Carter; Beyoncé’s uncle Johnny), preaching a message of love and acceptance and returning heartfelt gratitude to LGBTQ fans and the GLAAD organization.

It’s also important to point out what happened before they planted any shoes onstage. Both Beyoncé and Jay-Z seemed pleasantly shocked and humbled to see a quartet of unannounced presenters take turns detailing their advocacy, humanity and friendship. There was Emmy-winning multi-hyphenate Lena Waithe, transgender writer and producer Janet Mock, HIV activist Morris Singletary and Bey’s longtime stylist Ty Hunter.

Waithe called them the most powerful black people in the country; Mock cited the significance of them casting her in the Ava DuVernay-directed music video for “Family Feud”; Singletary said their concerts are akin to world peace; and Hunter, plucked from obscurity inside Houston’s Galleria mall by Tina Knowles and placed on tour with Destiny’s Child, detailed the most powerful lesson he’s learned from “the Carters,” which is this: “Love is love.”

Read the rest of THR‘s in-depth reporting here.

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Dave Chappelle Refuses To Apologize After Calling Singer Daniel Caesar Gay (Video)

Sunday night (March 10), Dave Chappelle and R&B singer Daniel Caesar made guest appearances on John Mayer’s Instagram Live show Current Mood. The encounter between the comedian and the “Get You” singer, however, was fumbling and awkward. The moment Mayer introduces Daniel Caesar for a performance, Chappelle interjects and comments, “very gay.” “What?” Mayer reacts after processing what Chappelle said. Chappelle continued, “Huh? Oh, I’m sorry, did I say that out loud? I’m just kidding.” Dave Chappelle Wins Best Comedy Album Grammy For 2nd Straight Year After reading the room, which had scattered laughter, Chappelle counters with more humor. “Daniel Caesar is a musician from Toronto that I just met tonight — Black,” he continues. “I got jealous. I didn’t know John had other Black friends.” “What the f*ck was that?” Caesar is heard saying off-camera. “What I said?” Chappelle responds. “Did I offend you?” “Yeah,” Caesar reveals. Dave Chappelle Details The Night R. Kelly Confronted Him With His Goons John Mayer then steps in to handle damage control, getting both parties to agree that they were drunk. “Oh my God, if I fistfight tonight I’m going to be furious,” Chappelle continues to joke, ignoring Caesar’s obvious gripe. “Dave,” Mayer continues, “People just saw for a minute what happens when you speak freely, and there’s alcohol in your hand, and you’re working free association, and you accidentally say something that trips someone’s feelings up.” “The wrong word is ‘accidentally,'” Chappelle interjects, double-downing on his initial joke. Dave Chappelle & Jon Stewart Talk Politics Unusual (Video) “Of course it’s an accident, but you have to clean it up. It’s a three-second clean-up,” Mayer continues. “No!” Chappelle says. “The guy is working on for the first time on social media,” Mayer says, “I don’t want to speak for you.” Chappelle then attempts to silence Mayer and speak toward the camera while addressing Caesar, who is still off camera: “Before this broadcast started, me and this brother sat at a piano. He played expertly, beautifully, I had never met him before. And I knew for a fact that I was in the presence of not just someone that was good, but someone that was great. But the fact that I offended you as a comedian…” Dave Chappelle Has A Serious Conversation About Living A Happy Life (Video) “I’m being sensitive,” Caesar says. “Correct,” Chappelle agrees. Mayer is heard in the background still attempting to steer the conversation, saying “I don’t think that’s true.” “I’m trying to think about this,” Caesar says. “Maybe I am being sensitive.” Chappelle countered, “Daniel, I thought about it. You are.” At the very end of the video, viewers see Caesar and Chappelle making up for the camera. Daniel Caesar Has The Makings Of A Great Modern-Day Soul Singer. Just Watch (Video) Notably, this is not the first time Chappelle has made remarks about members of the LGBTIQ+ community. On his first two Netflix specials, The Age Of Spin and Deep In The Heart Of Texas, Chappelle made jokes aimed toward both transgender and gay people within his act. At the time of those specials, The Guardian‘s Brian Logan analyzed the comedy of Dave Chappelle and Ricky Gervais, especially as it pertains to the LGBTIQ+ community. “[Dave] Chappelle spends substantial time across the two shows joking about gay and transgender people, usually from the perspective of a bemused straight man who finds those other identities inherently amusing,” wrote the author, who does not agree that comedians have license to say whatever they want under the auspices of “jokes.” Dave Chappelle & Kendrick Lamar Have A Deep Conversation Between 2 Masters At Work As the line between what’s funny and what’s offensive is shifting, Dave Chappelle and Daniel Caesar’s exchange may have shown some of that evolution in real-time.

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Jay-Z & Beyoncé To Be Honored At GLAAD Media Awards For Work In LGBTQ Community

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As we all know, there is no limit to the generosity of Beyoncé and Jay-Z. The Carters aren’t just musicians—they are philanthropists intent on moving the culture forward.

With that said, there’s no surprise that the First Couple of Hip-Hop will be honored at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards for their work in “accelerating LGBTQ acceptance.”

“GLAAD announced Monday that the Carters will receive its Vanguard Award at its 30th annual awards on March 28 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California,” Page Six reports. “The award, previously given to Cher, Janet Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Antonio Banderas, honors ‘allies who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people,’ GLAAD said.”

Jay-Z’s  song “Smile,” in which he shares details about his mom coming out, was honored at last year’s ceremony. On her end, Beyoncé has been pushing the movement forward for quite some time…in fact, here’s a full thread that touches on her love and support of the LGBTQ community.

Congrats to the Carters.

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‘Empire’ May Suspend Jussie Smollett Following Felony Indictment

Prior to the criminal charges, reps for the Fox series Empire made statements that Jussie Smollett’s character would not be removed from the show, but after being charged with filing the false police report in the created and rehearsed hate attack, Smollett maybe removed from the TV drama.

Sources close to the show’s producers say that the producers have cut Smollett’s season 5 episode scenes back and are considering suspending him after receiving the news of his arrest.

Chicago PD have placed Smollett under arrest for today(February 21) for filing a false police report and is scheduled for a court hearing at 2:30 pm EST.

TheSource.com will bring you updates on this story as it develops.

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Openly Gay Rapper Kevin Fret Murdered In Puerto Rico

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Kevin Fret, a popular rap artist in Puerto Rico and openly gay, was murdered this week while riding a motorcycle. The area in where he was shot and killed is one of the busiest in the United States territory.

Billboard reports:

El Nuevo Dia reports Fret was shot on his motorcycle around 5:30 a.m. local time and later died at the Medical Center of Río Piedras.

In an official press statement, Fret’s manager, Eduardo Rodriguez states: “Kevin was an artistic soul, a big-hearted dreamer. His passion was music, and still had a lot to do. This violence must stop. There are no words that describe the feeling we have and the pain that causes us to know that a person with so many dreams has to go. We must all unite in these difficult times, and ask for much peace for our beloved Puerto Rico.”

The Puerto Rican artist first stepped into the spotlight in April 2018 with his single “Soy Asi,” a powerful trap tune that highlighted his fierce personality.

Kevin Fret was 24 years old.

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Kevin Hart Briskly Addresses LGBTQ Controversy, Moving On From The Oscars

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Kevin Hart is back on the scene in for a promo press run for his upcoming film Upside, but there is a looming specter of the LBGTQ controversy that’s still dogging him. The actor and comedian sat down with Good Morning America and briskly addressed the issue along with saying he’s moving on from The Oscars and beyond the controversy as well.

From Good Morning America:

“I’m over it,” Hart said multiple times on “GMA” Wednesday morning when asked about his apology or the controversy. “There’s no more conversation about it … I’m over that, I’m over the moment.”

Hart added that he apologized back in the late 2000s when the comments first happened and multiple times after.

“I’m not giving no more explanation of who I am,” he added. “I’m just done.”

The actor said he has given all he can thus far and “said everything I can possibly say.”

Earlier this week, Hart apologized to the LGBTQ community on his SiriusXM program, Straight From The Heart. He added in his GMA chat that any hope of him hosting The Oscars is out.

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Kevin Hart Apologizes To LGBTQ Community, Again

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Kevin Hart is once more apologizing to the LGBTQ community since shooting down the offer to host The Oscars amid accusations of homophobia. The popular comedian and actor issued the apology via his Straight From The Hart show.

The Blast reports:

On his SiriusXM radio show, “Straight to the Hart,” the comedian said, “I will say this, and I want to make this very clear … Once again, Kevin Hart apologizes for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community. I apologize.”

Talking about how times have changed since he made the jokes, Hart said, “We thought it was okay to talk like that, because that’s how we talked to one another … This is wrong now. Because now we’re in a space where I’m around people of the LGBTQ community, and I’m now aware of how these words make them feel, and why they say ‘That s–t hurt because of what I’ve been through.’”

Hart has said time and time again that he has apologized for the remarks in the past but no record of any such apology has surfaced.

Although the outlet reports that no record of a previous apology exists, early in December, Hart was heard on video apologizing to the LGBTQ as he stepped down as host of The Oscars, which was what he considered a “dream job.”

Hart recently appeared on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show with the host boldly stating that she would like to see Hart take on the role of host of The Oscars. DeGeneres’ public support of Hart drew criticism from the LGBTQ community, however.

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